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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Feb 15, 2012 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Electric Factory 1969

Ya know I never understood the connection between the ending of GDTRFB and bid you goodnight. Maybe some musician could enlighten me.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Feb 15, 2012 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Electric Factory 1969

It's been a mystery to me too - why they tailed off the end of GDTRFB in this fashion, after rockin' it out. It is properly titled Bid You Goodnight jam, because that's the melody - you can hear Jerry play "lay down, my dear brothers" very clearly. I always thought it was a substitute for singing the full tune ... but it also serves as a sort of bridge back into NFA. Perhaps "Bid You" was too much of a downer as a set closer (even though they did this as an encore!) - like Weir, I always prefer a rabble-rousing rocker to close.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 15, 2012 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Electric Factory 1969

Emotionally, it's no mystery at all. At least to me.
Of course, they could have gone straight back from "don't want to be feeling this a way!" to the NFA drumbeats, but then we'd miss the contrast with the bittersweet Goodnight theme.
Musically, it probably makes the most sense in the earliest versions - they'd been doing the Goodnight jam in NFA, so when GDTRFB also got inserted in NFA, it made a fitting bridge. Also, GDTRFB wasn't as rocked-out in its early days, it was done a bit more quietly, so the transition wasn't quite as abrupt as in later years.

There was one show, and one only, where they ended the show with the Goodnight jam after GDTRFB:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-11-19.sbd.winters.17705.sbeok.shnf